Thursday, October 15, 2009

Park and Bruntlett added, Myers and Kendrick subtracted. Pedro in Game 2

Chan Ho Park and Eric Bruntlett have been added to the roster for the NLCS. Brett Myers and Kyle Kendrick are the odd men out. Myers' subtraction is an extremely surprising move. Charlie Manuel hinted earlier in the season, after pulling Brad Lidge from the mound during his struggles, that Myers could be the front runner to close games once he returns. Myers only pitched 0.2 innings in the NLDS. He didn't allow a run but walked two and hit a batter. Kendrick didn't make an appearance against the Rockies and was an obvious choice to be left off the roster.

Manuel likely added Bruntlett because of how quickly he used his entire bench during a few games in the NLCS. Bruntlett will likely see some time as a defensive replacement late in games if nothing else.

The rotation has unofficially shaped up for the first three games. Unsurprisingly, Pedro Martinez takes the ball in Game 2 and makes his first postseason start since Game 3 of the 2004 World Series with Boston. Cliff Lee will pitch Game 3 in Philadelphia. Joe Blanton will likely make his first start of this postseason in Game 4, but J.A. Happ remains in the running to start that game as well.


  1. I can't believe the wait for this to start. Been too long. Dont be suprised if one team is slow to get going because of it.

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  3. Frank,

    It has been too long. The Dodgers are saying they appreciate the rest, but they don't. Everyone knows that baseball is about rhythm and getting in a groove, and hopefully the Dodgers come out flat against Cole tonight.